OBAMA LAUNCHES FREE HOTLINE FOR SUSPECTED ILLEGALS…

ICE launches hotline for busted immigrants

By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 12/29/11 2:05 PM EST

As states across the nation ramp up their efforts to catch illegal immigrants, the Obama administration on Thursday launched a new free hotline for people busted on violations to get help.

The hotline, run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is available 24/7 for detained individuals to phone if they think they “may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime.”

The hotline will have translation services available in several different languages. ICE personnel will gather the caller’s information and send it to a field office for immediate action, according to the press release.

The purpose of the hotline and other measures, including a new detainer form, are “to ensure that individuals being held by state or local law enforcement on immigration detainers are properly notified about their potential removal from the country and are made aware of their rights.”

The new practices are “part of a broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants and immigration fugitives while continuing to strengthen oversight of the nation’s immigration detention system and facilitate legal immigration,” ICE wrote in its press release.

ICE is an arm of the Department of Homeland Security.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70943.html#ixzz1hyK9tv8x

Is Obama goading Iran?

Drones coming down in Iran, helicopters buzzing their ships, our ships sitting in the Strait of Hormuz, appears to me to be, not so subtle, signs that Obama is indeed goading them.  At this rate we’ll be in a full scale war with Iran within 6 months, China and Russia will back Iran and WW III will commence.  I fear 2012 will not pass peacefully.  And one more thing, is Obama trying to goad Iran into war just in time for the 2012 elections so that he can keep his power?

NH Union Leader Publisher: “Ron Paul is truly dangerous”

Ron Paul is only a danger to business as usual, that’s why they are so desperate to bring him down and make sure he’s not electable.

You can talk about Ron Paul’s anti war stance all you want, it’s a moot point, keep it mind that only Congress can declare war so there’s little the President can do if that happens except veto it, in which case the veto can be overridden.  

As far as defunding all foreign aid and starting over, that’s not a snub towards Israel, it will eliminate all the foreign aid that we currently give to our enemies and in the long run actually help Israel.

Joseph W. McQuaid: Ron Paul is truly dangerous

By JOSEPH W. McQUAID
New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher
Published Dec 29, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Dec 28, 2011)

 

Ron Paul is a dangerous man. While his domestic libertarian views are quite attractive to some voters fed up with politics as usual, it is Paul’s position on issues of our national security that are truly dangerous.

Those views have been largely overlooked by a news media more interested in the presidential “horse race” than in the candidates’ positions on issues. But we expect New Hampshire primary voters will examine the facts and act accordingly.

A Wall Street Journal columnist notes that Paul is “a leading spokesman for, and recycler of, the long and familiar litany of charges that point to the United States as a leading agent of evil and injustice, the militarist victimizer of millions who want only to live in peace.”

Perhaps this warped view is why Paul believes that al-Qaida terrorists caught in the United States ought to be treated as common criminals, not enemy combatants. He wants them read Miranda rights to which they are not entitled and he wants them tried and sentenced in civil courts rather than by military tribunals.

This is nothing short of nuts. What is needed to competently fight a war, and al-Qaida is indeed at war with us, is the ability to gather information. Telling the enemy that it has a “right to remain silent” is absurd.

Paul believes that if a U.S. citizen throws in with al-Qaida or associated groups overseas, where he plots American death and destruction, we need to somehow find him, arrest him, and bring him back to stand civil trial here rather than eliminate him, even if that is the only option.

We are in a much different kind of war than we have ever faced, but Paul doesn’t see it. He has repeatedly said that U.S. aggression is responsible for 9-11 and other attacks on America from radical jihadists.

He has repeatedly said that we should allow Iran to continue to develop a nuclear weapon. This is the same country whose leadership vows death to America, the “Satanic power,” and who wants Israel wiped from the map.

Never mind Paul being the favored candidate of the lunatic fringe (see white supremacists, anti-Semites, truthers, etc.). Never mind his refusal to disavow a third-party run (which would only help President Obama’s reelection).

His defenders say they admire Ron Paul’s “consistency.” It is true, Paul has been consistently spouting this nonsense. It is about time New Hampshire voters showed him the door.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111229/OPINION01/712299993

Rand Paul sends, in your face Gingrich, fundraising letter

Rand Paul kicks Newt Gingrich while he’s down

By Chris Moody | The Ticket – 1 hr 42 mins ago

Newt Gingrich seems to be sliding further down in the Republican presidential campaign polls every day, but Ron Paul isn’t coasting to the finish line in Iowa.

His son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, just sent out a fundraising letter that rubs Gingrich’s new low numbers in his face:

Not too long ago, Newt Gingrich said with 100% certainty, “I’m going to be the nominee.”

It’s got to be hard watching something you think you’re entitled to slip away.

Tensions have long been high between the two camps. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign recently released a torrent of negative ads against Gingrich, who led public opinion polls Iowa until just a few days ago. This week, Gingrich said he would not support the Texas congressman if he is selected as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rand-paul-kicks-newt-gingrich-while-down-215412656.html

New State Laws Set to Ring in 2012

No More Happy Hour in Utah? New State Laws Set to Ring in 2012

 Published December 29, 2011

From laws banning happy hour in Utah and shark fin sales in Oregon to tougher voter identification requirements in at least four states, a wide range of new legislation is set to ring in the new year.

According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, which earlier this week issued its annual list of new laws, the legislation will cover education, drug and alcohol policy, criminal justice and human trafficking, among other areas.

 In some cases, the laws could add to the cost of doing business. Other new rules will regulate what Americans eat and drink.

California, for example, will prohibit virtually any business transaction involving beer which contains caffeine as a separate ingredient.

New laws in Utah will make any daily drink specials illegal – essentially banning happy hour. And the sale, trade, or distribution of shark fins will be prohibited in Oregon and California.

California will also become the first state to require students to learn about the societal contributions of gays and lesbians. (Learning about the contributions to society should not be based on sexual orientation but on the act of the contribution.) The state will also implement a new law requiring certain retailers and manufacturers to list on their websites what measures they take to ensure their operations are free from human trafficking. Plus another new law in the state will require individuals under 18 to present a prescription for any drug containing dextromethorphan, or DXM, an ingredient in many over-the-counter cough syrups that can be used as a recreational drug.

In Illinois, people convicted of first-degree murder must be added to a new public database, similar to the sex offender registry, when they’re released from prison or any other facility. The database would include names, addresses, workplaces, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after release. (People convicted of first-degree murder should never be let out of prison.)

Efforts to fight voter fraud were paramount for many legislators this year.

Four states — Kansas, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas – will look to combat voter fraud by requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots. In New Hampshire, election day registrants who do not present photo ID will be required to send verification through the mail. (Obviously this will be after they vote so what good will it do, especially if it’s sent thru the mail?)  Additionally, Tennessee will make election officials identify possible non-citizens who are registered to vote and order them to show proof of citizenship if they wish to remain registered voters.  (This won’t fly in the Supreme Court, it’s racial profiling.)

The new voter identification laws, however, have been fiercely criticized by civil rights groups who claim the laws are an attempt to limit participation of minority voters.

Other laws for 2012 include:

Alabama

New restrictions govern who can testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials in a measure aiming to limit what critics call “junk science” theories of how or why a crime occurred.

Delaware

Civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples are legalized, giving them the same state rights and obligations of those who are married but clarifying that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Tennessee

Penalties are increasing for raping a child, creating a minimum sentence of 25 years but allowing judges to increase the time when appropriate, up to 60 years for the worst cases.

Georgia

Any agency administering public benefits must require each applicant to provide at least one “secure and verifiable document.”

North Carolina

More criminals convicted of misdemeanors will be housed in county jails rather than in state prisons to save money and reduce repeat offenses.

Illinois 

Motorcyclists stopped at a red light may proceed through if it fails to change to green after a reasonable length of time.  (Isn’t “reasonable” subjective?)

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/29/new-state-laws-set-to-ring-in-2012/#ixzz1hx2YQbOa

Bachmann Accuses Defector of Being Bought Off by Paul Campaign

 Published December 29, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Michele Bachmann is accusing a former supporter of being bought off by the Ron Paul campaign after the Iowa state lawmaker defected to the Paul camp on Wednesday.

State Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was a Bachmann campaign Iowa co-chairman and had appeared with the congresswoman just hours earlier, on Wednesday resigned from the Bachmann team and endorsed Paul in Des Moines.

Sorenson said he resigned from Bachmann’s campaign to join the most conservative of the top-tier candidates.

But Bachmann offered a different version of events, claiming Sorenson was offered money to bolt.

“Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign,” Bachmann said in a statement. “Kent campaigned with us earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday that ‘everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn’t I?’, then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.”

Sorenson, though, flatly denied the charge. He said he was not offered money to work for Paul’s campaign and denied having the conversation with Bachmann that the congresswoman recounted.

Paul’s campaign also forwarded around a statement from a Bachmann campaign official saying Sorenson’s decision “was in no way financially motivated.”

“It was not the basis of his decision,” the official said.

Steve Deace, a friend of Sorenson, told Fox News that Sorenson has a long-standing relationship with Paul.

“The Paul people helped him, and really were the only ones who stood up for him in his two races,” Deace said.

However, another source close to the Bachmann campaign backed up Bachmann’s assertions that money was behind the move.

“(Sorenson’s) been checking out for a while,” the source said.

Bachmann stood by her original allegation in a radio interview Thursday.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/29/bachmann-accuses-defector-being-bought-off-by-paul-campaign/#ixzz1hwXgil4P

Bachmann’s Iowa Chairman Jumps Ship, Joins Ron Paul

Bachmann’s Iowa Chairman Jumps Ship, Joins Ron Paul
Published: Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 4:11 AM ET

Republican candidate Michele Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman resigned on Wednesday and endorsed rival Ron Paul, six days before Iowa voters begin the nomination process to select the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator who had served as Bachmann’s state campaign chairman for nearly a year, said he had decided to switch his support to Paul because the campaign had reached “a turning point.”

“When the Republican establishment is going to be coming after Ron Paul, I thought it is my duty to come to his aid,” Sorenson said, announcing his endorsement for the Texas congressman during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Sorenson said in a statement that Paul was “easily the most conservative” member of the top tier in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in elections in November next year.

“The fact that he doesn’t take this decision lightly tells a great deal about the senator and Ron Paul,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s national campaign chair.

Paul has a strong organization in the early voting state and is one of the favorites to win the Iowa caucuses vote on January 3.

Sorenson’s defection gave the Paul campaign some respite from questions about his links to newsletters two decades ago that carried his name and contained racist, anti-homosexual and anti-Israel rants.

Soon after Paul took the stage at the rally late Wednesday, he was interrupted by a few protesters from the “Occupy Des Moines” movement.

“Freedom of speech. Ain’t it wonderful?,” Paul said, “We’re all upset and we want a change in Washington. As a matter of fact, that’s what our purpose is.” The protesters were escorted out.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/45794869

Jan. 1, 2012 National Screw With DHS Day

Let’s make 2012 a year to remember, use multiple keywords in every post and tweet you make on Jan. 1.  We all know these bastards have been tracking us for years anyway so let’s make their job a bit more hectic. 

DHS has us listed as paranoid, we’re not the ones who are paranoid, they are, we know the truth, we know what they are up to, it is they that can only speculate what we are up to. 

Tweeting the word ‘drill’ could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies

  • Fake profiles used by Department of Homeland Security, says privacy group
  • List of keywords flags ‘danger’ signal
  • DHS may attempt to identify users from their accounts
  • Keywords include ‘virus’, ‘drill’ and ‘illegal immigrant’
By Rob Waugh
Last updated at 9:59 AM on 28th December 2011

The Department for Homeland Security announced plans to scan social networks for keywords such as ‘human to animal’, ‘outbreak’, ‘strain’ and ‘drill’, and then identify users, claims an online privacy group

The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for ‘sensitive’ words – and tracking people who use them.

Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS’s ‘watch’ list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group.

The words which attract attention range from ones seemingly related to diseases or bioweapons such as ‘human to animal’ and ‘outbreak’ to other, more obscure words such as ‘drill’ and ‘strain’.

The DHS also watches for words such as ‘illegal immigrant’.

The DHS outlined plans to scans blogs, Twitter and Facebook for words such as ‘illegal immigrant’, ‘outbreak’, ‘drill’, ‘strain’, ‘virus’, ‘recovery’, ‘deaths’, ‘collapse’, ‘human to animal’ and ‘trojan’, according to an ‘impact asssessment’ document filed by the agency.

When its search tools net an account using the phrases, they record personal information.

It’s still not clear how this information is used – and who the DHS shares it with.

An online privacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Centre has requested information on the DHS’s scans, which it says the agency announced in February.

The privacy group has requested information on the DHS, and contractors it claims are working with the agency to scan social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The group says that the government has used scans of social media before to analyse specific events – such as the 2010 BP oil spill – but this general ‘watching’ of social media using fake profiles is new.

‘The initiatives were designed to gather information from ‘online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards,’ to store and analyze the information gathered, and then to ‘disseminate relevant and appropriate de-identified information to federal, state, local, and foreign governments and private sector partners,’ the group said in a court filing.

The group claims that a request under the Freedom of Information Act to access the documentation has gone unanswered.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2079283/Tweeting-word-drill-mean-Twitter-account-read-government-spies.html#ixzz1hwPzhQcs